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Interior design tips and lighting ideas for today's home! Providing professional interior design advice, home decor ideas and inspiration.

  • Annual Lighting Sale!

    Lighting Sale

    It's that time again, time for the Lamps Plus annual lighting fixture and home decor sale where you can outfit your home in style while saving a bundle.

    Check out some of the featured products below, head over to the full sale brochure, or just start shopping the sale!

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    Home Furnishings

    This handsome, swing arm wall light is on sale and features an adjustable design that allows you to control the light for your needs, whether they be bedside or at your favorite reading corner.

    Every home should have a stylish wall mirror, not out of vanity but rather interior design style. Upgrade every room in  your home and help them look larger with designer wall mirrors.

    This handsome wood wall clock will let you know the time of day, and also stand out with a faux wood grain face and bold black numbers.

    This stylish silver and gold leaves wall art will brings a bit of the outdoors in. Because of the delicate construction methods of this beautiful piece, no two are exactly alike!

    Image: Lamps Plus

  • Stylish Masculine Bath Design

    The Masculine Bath

    The masculine bath can be achieved with ease and be enjoyed by men and women alike. Savvy Home Blog had some fantastic images that capture the essence of this look and offer a glimpse into an aesthetic that works in both traditional and contemporary homes. At the end of the day all bathrooms need to be functional, however the masculine bath offers a unique mixture of warmer tones and rich finishes.

    Bathroom Renovations

    Naturally every bathroom needs proper lighting. The masculine bathroom should have stylish wall lights and bright overhead lights for grooming and the all-important shave. No man wants to walk out the door in the morning with little nicks and toilet paper bits stuck to their neck! If you have good overall lighting, try placing darker colored shades to sconces to infuse the space with a touch of James Bond mystery.

    Cozy Bathroom Design

    It’s also key to have a great framed mirror. Try using a leather framed mirror or handsome wood version in deep walnut or burl wood. I will admit it, men love to read in the loo, so the addition of small benches or tables are a welcome relief for that stack of magazines, papers or books. Is the secret out? 

    Bathroom Decor

    1. The Jamie Young Leather Strap Round Wall Mirror captures the rugged look of western decor.

    2. Instead of the standard flush mount light why not try the Bradford Oiled Bronze Pendant.

    3. Robert Abbey Porter Metal Shade Wall Sconce echoes style from the Great Gatsby.

    4. The dark finish and industrial lines of the Bruno Collection Scissor Arm Pharmacy Plug-In Wall Light are a great alternative to traditional sconces.

    5. The Oxenberg Gray Linen Burlap X Stool would be perfect for a stack of crisp white towels.

    6. Classic accessories like shaving mugs and candles would look great on the Philipus Gilded Gold Round Accent Table.

    Photos: Savvy Home Blog.

  • Ideas For Adding a Touch of Tropical to Your Home Style

    So often we stare at scenes of beautiful, tropical  islands in books or online and dream when we’ll have an opportunity to escape to paradise. But we can, all we need to do is add a little tropical style to our home decor!

    From all over the world, tropical destinations lure us to visit, from exotic Thailand and Fiji to our own state of Hawaii. Ultimate relaxation can be found where the palm trees meet the white sand and the beautiful blue ocean is steps away.  

    For those who are landlocked, miles away from the ocean, or in between island vacations, add that touch of paradise to your interiors with tropical touches inspired by the shapes and textures found in nature by the sea.

    Home Style

    Light fixtures and ceiling fans are always functional, yet more beautiful when they incorporate tropical elements or materials in their design. Flank a mirror or artwork with the Regina Andrew Coral Modern White Sconce or introduce a chic white palm design with the Casa VIeja Palm Leaf Ceiling Fan. The Regina Andrew Silver Coral Lamp adds a sophisticated silver sheen to a tropical coral motif. Introduce a dash of color with the Stacy Garcia Coral Seafan Flush Ceiling Light. The Varaluz Banana Leaf Sconce is a cheeky addition to any wall; or go casual yet elegant with the Currey & Co. Seaward White Sand Chandelier.

    Tropical Home Decor

    Texture is prevalent in the tropics, think of the bamboo branches and coconut tree trunks that grow abundantly in those climates. Repeat those textural finishes with a decorative framed mirror to reflect in a bathroom or bounce light around a living room or bedroom.

    Striped Walls

    Enhance any interior from contemporary to cottage with framed mirrors created of woven or organic materials. Consider the Bamboo Natural Wall Mirror or Currey & Co. Oyster Shell Mirror for dramatic impact in a bedroom or bathroom; the Cooper Classics Coconut Stick Round Wall Mirror and Jamie Young Rectangle Rope Wall Mirror are alternative options that guarantee desirable texture against a painted or wallpapered wall.

    Tropical Wall Mirrors

    Achieve a tropical look with plants and home accessories that bring the feel of the tropics indoors with large leaf palms and banana leaf plants or smaller colorful orchids stems. Rich wood combined with bamboo brass and blue and white accents completes the island look.

    Banana Leaf Plant

    Decorative objects that mimic the element of the sea add a tropical touch such as the Uttermost Gloss White Coral Bowls and Palm Flower 1 and Palm Flower 2 Giclee Wall Prints. If you don’t want to water the real thing, substitute an Areca Palm in Decorative Planter. Faux bamboo is always chic, pull this Antique Brass Bamboo Side Table up next to a sofa or bed for a a stylish tropical accent. Blue and white chinoiserie porcelain accents such as the Port Chow Blue Accent Table add an exotic feel to any space.

    Tropical Home Accents

    Achieve that laid-back island feel by introducing accent reminiscent of paradise into your home’s decor with woven textures like wicker and rattan and island inspired shapes from shells to coral to palm fronds. Combine these elements with an inspired palette of lush greens, soothing blues, and pops of color inspired by island flowers and you’ll be well on your way to adding that touch of tropical at home.  

    Image credits: Dana Small via House of Turquoise, Annie Schlechter, Cote de Texas

  • Easy, Breezy Entertaining with an Outdoor Ceiling Fan

    Outdoor Ceiling fan with Interchangeable Blades from Lamps Plus

    With temperatures warming up and outdoor entertaining becoming more and more desirable, you may be looking for solutions to beat the heat on stuffy spring and summer afternoons. Have you considered an outdoor ceiling fan?

    Outdoor Ceiling Fan with White and Khaki Canvas Blades

    This unique ceiling fan style might be just what your space needs! Interchangeable canvas blades make the 52" Cool Vista Oil-Rubbed Bronze Ceiling Fan truly unique, and they bring a light summery look that's a welcome departure from standard wood blades. Both white and khaki-colored canvas blades are included, making changing the look of this fan a breeze - pun intended. The sturdy fan motor in an earthy oil-rubbed bronze finish blends beautifully with outdoor architecture. 

    Rustic Porch with a Damp Location Ceiling Fan

    UL rated for damp locations, this fan is perfect for covered porches, decks, and patios - anywhere that a cool breeze is needed on a warm summer evening. And if your outdoor entertaining could use some illumination as evening approaches, this ceiling fan is also available with an opal glass light kit.

    Design Dossier is our monthly series where we share highlights of some of Lamps Plus’ most popular, unique, and interesting lighting choices straight from our showrooms.

  • Lamps Plus Q&A with Katherine Power of Domaine Home

    Katherine Power is the co-founder of the multi-mediapublishing company Clique Media, which includes DomaineHome (home decor), WhoWhatWear (celebrity style and runway trends), and Byrdie (makeup and beauty). Clique Media's flagship site—WhoWhatWear.com—is the leading online platform for premium original fashion and style content, reaching millions of readers each month.

    Prior to the launch of WhoWhatWear.com, Power was the West Coast Editor for ELLE and ELLEgirl. Power is also the co-author of two books: Who What Wear: Celebrity and Runway Style For Real Life (Abrams, September 2009) and What To Wear, Where (Abrams, March 2011).

    Domaine Home

    We recently had the privilege of providing some stylish lighting fixtures Katherine's newly renovated office. We also go to pick her brain a little and ask her all the serious questions about interior design.

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    What was the inspiration for the office?

    I wanted something really neutral with some European accents, and overall I wanted it to feel classic. Initially, I pulled a few inspiration images off of Pinterest, and then worked with the Domaine Home team to fine-tune the aesthetic.

    What comes first for you, style or function?

    Both : )

    What were the key issues for the space and how were they resolved?

    A lot of what I had, had been moved from office to office as we’ve grown over the years. Some of it felt trendy and dated and didn’t fit our new space. My job has also evolved with the company, and I needed a different type of workspace to accommodate all of the things I do here, from one-on-one meetings to brainstorming with 3 or 4 team members over a table of documents or photos.

    Office Design

    In your opinion, how important is technology in an office environment?

    Very! I actually had a flat screen TV installed that plays E! entertainment on mute, because I thrive in an ADD type of environment where there is a lot going on. I need constant stimulation — and it helps me keep up to date on pop culture! It’s also essential to me to have a large monitor for viewing art, and my iPhone is practically glued to me.

    You choose a very elegant brass wall sconce for your makeover.  What drew you to that piece?

    I’ve always been drawn to brass. When I look back at photos of my childhood homes, we had a lot of brass hardware and accessories, and I guess I’ve carried that with me. It feels very rich and classic.

    Brass Wall SconceMercer Single Light 19" High Aged Brass Wall Sconce (Black shade sold separately.) 

    We have can lighting, so to make the room feel a little more finished, we added sconces and a great pendant lamp that is plugged into one of the can outlets. It makes it feel a little more homey.

    In most office spaces, storage always seems to be an issue. How do you stay organized and productive?

    I have a white filing cabinet at one side of my desk and a very clean looking white console behind me. I wanted them to be simple, and almost disappear, but still hold things like files, office supplies, my printer, etc.

    How do you go about deciding the arrangement of different elements in your office?

    I really enjoy arranging accessories at home, but for this space, the Domaine team completely took over, and I absolutely love all of the vignettes they created.
     
    What is the one item you cannot live without in your office?

    My Eames desk chair. I had a lot of back problems before investing in a good chair, so I’m really glad that I did!

    Which current trend(s) did you incorporate?

    I have a French bistro chair that I picked up on a trip to the flea market with the Domaine team, as well as cowhide rug that’s layered over a jute rug. Those items feel very fresh and current to me.

    What do you predict will be the next “hot” trend?

    I guess we’ll all just have to read DomaineHome.com to find out :)

    Ok, we’re all friends here, what is the biggest design mistake most people make in their office, and how can they correct it?

    I think the biggest mistake is not taking into account what the rest of the office looks like. I wanted my own office to feel like it flows with the rest of the floor, not like I tried to create an entirely different environment. It’s personal, but it fits right in with everything else.

    Thanks Katherine and congrats on the stylish new office space!

    Image credits: Justin Coit for Domaine Home

  • Finding the Perfect Crystal Ceiling Light

    Crystal Ceilings Lights

    There is no denying the beauty crystal has adorning a ceiling light while it glistens and bounces light all around a room. Add a little sparkle to your space, much like this space from No Place Like Home, with one of these gorgeous fixtures below.

    Don't worry, there are sparkling crystal ceiling light styles for every home style.

    Crystal Light Fixtures

    For your contemporary home, try a flush mount with classic, simple lines like the Crystal Droplet Swirl 14 1/4" Wide Chrome Ceiling Light.  

    If you gravitate towards antique styles and traditional shapes, the Traditional Crystal and Brass 12" Wide Ceiling Light Fixture will fit in perfectly in your classic home.  

    For the funkier, more artistic people that not only want a sparkling ceiling light but a pop of color, the Paris Flea Market Colored Rosettes 12" Wide Ceiling Light is the perfect fixture to compliment your eclectic space.  

    And for those modern, monochromatic spaces with simple clean lines, adding the Galassia 26 3/4" Wide Chrome and Crystal Ceiling Light will perfectly compliment any ultra-modern room in your house.

    Image credit: No Place Like Home

  • Incorporating Crystal Table Lamps Into the Bedroom

    Bedroom Design

    This is the bedroom of Houston area interior designer and blogger, Amanda Carol. Carol, who has moved around the country, and abroad, many times, is well-versed at assembling a beautiful bedroom with optimal functionality. She re-upholstered her headboard in a velvet suede, painted the walls a creamy neutral, and made herself a pretty, pale blue duvet. Mismatched mirrored nightstands flank the bed, atop which sit crystal table lamps, which add more shine and keep things airy. A clear glass vase, coppery-y picture frame, and mirrored jewelry dish complete the vignette.

    You can pull together an almost identical look with these pieces:

    Keep clutter to a minimum by putting art on the wall. This Vintage Girl Wall Art features a ladylike silhouette atop newsprint, framed in black. The Findlay Mirrored 3-Drawer Tall Chest is tailored but still feminine, with plenty of storage space. Top with the Vienna Full Spectrum Crystal Urn Table Lamp, which we love for it’s unique shape and narrow profile, along with an Octagonal Mirrored Tray for odds and ends.

    Purple Decor

    Amanda Nisbet is a high profile interior designer based in New York City who loves color and pattern. Although this bedroom is quite neutral, Nisbet incorporates purple, chartreuse, and even pink accessories, to make it a standout. Other elements, like the stacked block crystal table lamp with purple-trimmed shade, and the tri-level brass side table, add shimmer and shine.

    To create this look for yourself:

    Start with neutral bedding, and then add the Caper Tiered Square Glass Antique Brass Side Table. The open configuration avoids blockiness but still allows for plenty or room to store books and such. The Vienna Full Spectrum Crystal Cube Table Lamp adds geometric interest without bulk. For ambiance and a spot of shimmery color, we love the Jubilee Fine Fragranced Plum Orchid Candle. Finally, if artwork seems daunting, you can opt for a patterned rug to bring in color, texture, and fun. The Pave 1238 Olive Branch Contemporary Area Rug achieves the same effect as the artwork Nisbet hung on the wall.

    Stylish Bedroom

    Like Amanda Carol, Mel, the Australian interior designer and blogger behind Georgica Pond Interiors chose soft blue as the main color for her master bedroom, but paired it with white for a crisper feel. (She is a huge fan of America’s East Coast cottage style.) She had the headboard custom made. The nightstand looks like a vintage piece painted white, though we aren’t certain. Mel spruced up the plain white shade of the classic crystal ball lamp with a blue ribbon that’s actually a bra-strap elastic! A silver clock and faceted mirror add the requisite shine.

    Coordinate similar pieces for a dreamy blue and white bedroom:

    Begin with a substantial piece that makes a statement and has tons of drawers, the Regency Ivory Lacquer Accent Chest. With that chest as the base, opt for a larger mirror. The Gold Orb Round Wall Mirror is an interesting shape, and the gold detailing brings out the handles on the chest. Don’t be afraid to mix metals! Add the Voyager Picture Frame Bulova Alarm Clock; we love it’s two-in-one functionality. Finally, the Quad Stacked Crystal Table Lamp adds a feminine touch.

    Image credits: Amanda Carol Interiors, Amanda Nisbet Design, Melinda Hartwright for Georgica Pond

  • Using Wall Lights to Bring Spring Ideas into your Interiors

    Spring is the perfect time of year to start thinking of new ways to bring a renewed spirit into our homes. Whether you are thinking of adding a fresh coat of paint to a tired-looking wall or you’re trying to brighten up a dark hallway, wall lights can be the perfect way to refresh your home.

    This season take a look at how simple lighting ideas can bring spring ideas and a new sense of revitalization to your home.

    Spring Ideas

    Organic influences to your lighting:

    It’s hard to believe but natural elements such as fruits, vegetables, foliage and textural materials can be a great inspiration for pendants and wall lights. This artichoke pendant lamp in this master bedroom from Bagnato Architecture lights up this dark palette room with a warm amber glow. While inner gold wall sconces flank each side of the bed to give a subtle nod to sophistication and warmth.

    This lighting is subtle but can bring out a new feeling to your dull bedroom.

    Bring nature into your wall lighting sconces:

    One of the great ideas about Spring is the way organic elements such as leaves, flowers, vines and other foliage inspired decor can be brought into your interiors. The Leaf and Vine Pocket ADA Compliant Pocket Wall Sconce by Lamps Plus uses a gorgeous bronze finish and amber rimmed glass to bring the outdoors on to your walls with light. The half-bell light is great for areas where you need more light, but want to make a decorative statement.

    Wall Sconce

    Bathrooms, hallways, flanking a fireplace mantel on either side and in a foyer or home office would make great areas to illuminate with this organic lamp.

    Focal Point

    Create a focal point with artisan crafted lighting:

    One of the benefits of Spring is taking advantage of handmade and artisan-made decor. Lighting is one of these decorative elements that creates a big impact, especially in wall lights.

    This bathroom by Platinum Series Homes features a wall sconce that becomes the focal point of this lovely bathroom. Many homeowners love to create their own lighting with DIY lighting kits or enjoy taking their favorite nature inspiration and finding similar inspired fixtures to match their decor. Either way Spring lighting can create a focal point in any room that it graces.

    Bathroom Design

    This Spring remember that decorating your home doesn’t have to mean an entire room remodel. Instead bring Spring elements into your home with wall lighting that refreshes your walls and gives a natural appeal to your decor.

    This Spring get inspired by the beauty of nature and then illuminate your interiors with it!

    Image credits: Bagnato Architecture, Platinum Series Homes

  • Design Pop: White Mirrors

    White Mirrors

    While we head into Spring your interiors may need a design pop. White mirrors can certainly add that punch of design pizzazz, and work in every room in the house.

    The House of Turquoise blog always has fresh and cheerful images that capture living with bright colors and happy decor. The great thing is that white mirrors can improve any look, whether it be your bathroom, bedroom, kids room or hall.

    Decorative Mirrors

    1. Cooper Classics Lawson White Wall Mirror 2. Feiss Shiera Gloss White Wall Mirror

    Ornately shaped mirrors add visual interest as can be seen in these images above. Whether you go Neo Rococo or Neo Moorish, why not have a frame be as stylish as what you see looking back at you?

    Living Room Mirrors

    3. Wyatt White Washed Beveled Framed Wall Mirror 4. Brodax Square White Lacquered Wall Mirror

    The traditional square or rectangular mirror can have an update appearance when embellished with geometric shapes or finished with an interesting paint finish or texture. An inexpensive way to add this design accessory would be to simply paint-out a darker wood mirror with white paint.

    Don’t forget to sand, prime and add several coats of white paint. I really love white mirrors paired with white table lamps or sconces with white shades especially when up against deeper toned painted or wallpapered walls.

    Round Mirrors

    5. Winter White Round Brezza Wall Mirror

    Similar techniques that can be done to the square mirror can be achieved with a round mirror as well. Round mirrors make a great design juxtaposition to square rooms and walls, adding a more feminine aesthetic. Regardless of shape, the white mirror is a simple way to brighten up your walls as spring begins to unfold.

    Photo credits: The House of Turquoise

  • Welcome to the 55 Downing Street App!

    iOS 55 Downing Street App

    We are excited to announce the release of the iOS App for 55 Downing Street!

    Now, you can stay up to date with all sales events on-the-go!

    View Current Sales Events

    You'll never have to miss out on a home furnishing design deal with this new iOS app!

    You can use it to browse current sales events, purchase products, schedule upcoming sales into your calendar and even share design ideas with your contacts!

    Shop Home Furnishings

    If you visit the app and like it, please take the time to leave your opinion on the app store, as that will improve visibility to others looking for a good home furnishing app!

    Happy Shopping - The Lamps Plus Team

April, 2014